Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) - Stoudts Brewing Co.
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3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
pours golden with a small head with no real retention. smell was very pleasant.
typical belgian aromas of clove, dried fruits, alcohol spice and yeasty aromas.
taste was a little strange. very twangy spiciness up front. too much spice really that finishes sweet and earthy.
mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp yet smooth
07-14-2005 12:49:16 | More by kegerator
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Produces a low white head when poured into the snifter. Color is a reddish medium amber. Bottled on January 19, 2005.
Smells of light sweet malt. Hints of yeast, spice, sweet fruit (fig or raisin like)...and some floral hops are hiding in there. Alcohol pretty evident, too much so. Smells pretty good.
Well carbonated, medium in body, slick on the tongue.
Sweet malt and tree fruit. Tastes strongly of alcohol. Finishes with an alcohol burn in the stomach and sweet with a little bitterness on the tongue. The strong alcohol presence kind of ruins the finish.
I drank less than half the bottle for this rating and have a slight sedated feeling already. A good beer but a little rough, interested in seeing how the ones I cellar come out after some time.
Wonderful sweet, fruity belgian aromas, and some candi sugar. Smells absolutely delicious. Notice a little dull, piney hop presence. Some light esters. The alcohol has calmed immensely.
Most of the characteristics remain, but the alcohol definately calmed over the last four months in my cellar. The alcohol burn is still in the stomach and on the tongue, though not as present on the nose. Will bump taste up 0.5 points as a result.
07-01-2005 07:07:23 | More by blackie
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
Appearance This one poured a brownish-orange in color and lacked the killer head that typifies the style.
Smell The aromas of fruit, alcohol, and medicine cabinet give this one an exciting nose to smell. The fruits are summer salad like cherries, oranges, and especially melon. I can pick up some yeast in there as well, although the hops are hard to find. It is very spicy though.
Taste Pow! The fruity nose will draw you in, but then as The Thing used to say in my old Fantastic Four comic books . . . Its clobberin time! The alcohol here dominates the flavor profile. Me likes, but then again Im a drunk. The summer fruits are here as well but they are just squashed in a Godzilla meets Bambi kind of way.
Mouthfeel This one is thin for a Tripel, a far cry from medium-bodied even, with a non-stinging but huge alcohol hit from beginning to end.
Drunkability Alcoholics and surgeons will appreciate this high-octane barrel of booze, but most aficionados of the style will cry foul. For all those people who say they have to lay off beer for a few days because they have a cold . . . drink this!
06-28-2005 02:27:13 | More by RoyalT
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
dark orange pour evoking peach iced tea. bubbles keep on coming up to the surface.. nice! syrupy, no head here. really thick. daunting. blatantly orange nose with candi sugar coating. nice and, well, belgian. sweet to the lips, pleasant alcohol buzz in my sinuses. wow does this pack a punch! malty sweetness and bumblebee floral bouquet. delicious. drinkable and smooth for something that looks like burnt corn syrup. i dont expect much from stoudt's but this is certainly a tripel id come back to.
06-21-2005 00:46:23 | More by goodbyeohio
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Marginal foam in pour. Fruity golden colour a la peche/.apricot. Yeasty fruity aroma. Smooth drink, well balanced. Fruit yeasty taste, but also drying metallic. Light carbonation, some spice and banana. Alcohol kicked in prematurely, but a good sleep on a hot summer night. A good effort.
06-10-2005 02:11:25 | More by Sammy
3.43/5 rDev -7%
This is a mily-orange brew with a modest white head. It presents a yeasty, slightly tart aroma, with a bit of yeast in the background. Theres a little tart, citrusy-reminiscent fruit in the smell as well. Fleeting phenols and a distant funky aroma are also thrown in the mix. Its not a very sweet brew, but instead presents an almost medicinal flavor. Slightly harsh, and notably alcoholic in taste. Its got a nice, heavy body, with a moderate to low carbonation and a solid hop finish. All in all, I really expected more from this brewery. The beers good qualities are not folded into the experience, and the unfavorable ones are too pronounced. I really appreciate the drinkabilty and how the brew is satisfyingly full and smooth. It just doesnt come together as a singularly flavorful and complex beer.
06-09-2005 02:28:53 | More by Suds
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
...been cellaring for 6 months
Appears a deep hazy golden orange with a 1 finger white head that lasts. Plenty of chunky lacing is left throughout the glass.
Smell is strong of citrus, pineapple, vanilla, and mild clove.
Tastes awesome! Super creamy vanilla mixed with tropical fruit and a toasted trail mix with a hint of spice.
Mouthfeel is great. Full bodied and creamy brew truley covers the whole tongue bouncing with a varietal of flavors. Finishes semi-dry with a pleasantly smooth spiciness.
This is a hard brew to put down. Slight spiciness may turn some off but this definitely one to check out.
Finger licking good!
05-20-2005 12:43:15 | More by weeare138
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
Pours a hazy, bright orange with a tight, white head. Excellent carbonation and very pretty lacing. Scent of fruit dominates, with a gentle alcohol backdrop.
Sweet and somewhat creamy, with a trait of chew in the middle, this tripel-styled ale is enjoyable. Mostly tasting of sugar, orange and plums, with a slightly hoppy finish. Minor spicy overtones. Also pick up on a delicate honey-like flavor. Pleasant.
I skipped dessert this evening to share mine with my girlfriend as a night cap, along with a few water crackers topped with Saint Andre. Good choice on my part, if I do say so myself.
04-28-2005 00:33:18 | More by Zraly
3.73/5 rDev +1.1%
gorgeuous hazy orange appearance, nice 1/2 " bubbly white froth atop...
spice and citrus hit the nose right at the front...sweet and ticklish...orange and coriander, and who knows what else...enticing...
Taste: sweet and tasty, orange rind, and caramel essence, ...but for a tripel it lacks complexity...exhibits a typical tripel-y flavor component, but falls short elsewhere...juicy orange and spice in every sip, but not much more.
A noble attempt at the style, and a drinkable drink, but nothing to jump up and whoop about, really. Keep on trying...needs something more elevating, more ethereal, more unexpected...to really rank as a tripel.
04-24-2005 11:25:25 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
Chanted some vespers with this one on 3/26/2005. 12-oz. bottle poured in an Allagash snifter.
With considered attention to the pour, a good film of multi-sized bubbles covers the offering and has a medium stick throughout the libation. Hue is deep gold and hazy orange with a not insubstantial amount of continuous action. Tart lemon/lime, coriander, and lemongrass on nose. Cloves and light cinnamon on mouth initially followed by a tinny characteristic that detracts; malt is very full and nice though. Almost a velvetiness to this which makes it more than medium-bodied. Pretty good Belgian-style ale.
04-02-2005 12:50:47 | More by Truh
4.47/5 rDev +21.1%
Nose: apple, pear, rinds, melon, banana, yogurt. Rather impressive array of fruits, and each is surprisingly well-identifiable.
Appearance: not sure what glassware to use; tried in in a Duvel and now a bulb-shaped oversized wine glass. Orange with fine, creamy and cream-colored bubbles in the weak but everpresent head (strong miniscus of head). Cloudy.
Taste is a horse kicking me in the kidneys. In a good way. Everything from the nose, plus a potent alcohol, esthery near-graininess. Sweet and pungent. Very heavy, thick, fruity. Good consistency and cloys just enough to make you want to drink faster than is advisable. Sticky in the mouth and on the lips. Very very nice. Excellent drink with which to start a night of boozing or to have after dinner, to my taste.
02-22-2005 05:07:05 | More by cooter
3.58/5 rDev -3%
Three laughing monks watch over you from the bottle as you sip this beer. They look like theyre having a good time, but I posit that they are laughing as you fall down from drinking too much of this beer. Silly you for not being careful with the high ABV stuff. Luckily, the alchohol taste of this beer isnt as hidden as it is in many Tripels.
Personal experience aside, I enjoyed drinking this beer a lot, though it wasnt one of my favorite tripels.
It pours a glowing orange amber color with a shocking white fluffy head. Large bubbles rise up from the depths, tickling my nose as I inhale the phenol sweetness of this brew. The nose is backed up by slight earthy and nutty scents.
A sip of this beer brings on many of the tastes of a Tripel plenty of yeastiness, clove spice, and banana backed up by a weak hop background. The alcohol taste is quite prevalent, and the hop characteristic is simply a background player. This causes a bit of unbalance, but nothing horrible. The mouthfeel is quite nice, a syrupy thickness combined with spot on effervescence.
02-02-2005 20:40:46 | More by foXXtail
3.4/5 rDev -7.9%
12 ouncer sampled w/o any freshness dating to be found. Pours a cloudy orangy light amber, minimal white head and minor lacing left on the glass. Strong nose of alcohol, paint thinner. This one is a fairly nasty brew with overpowering notes of hot alcohol. Heavy thick bodied, not very pleasant stuff. A healthy dose of nutty yeast on the botom of the bottle did add a softer layer to the finish., For a tripel lover this was quite a let down, obviously finer tripels are out there.
01-29-2005 02:12:12 | More by Billolick
3.65/5 rDev -1.1%
I found myself very fortunate to find this on tap at Bridgewaters pub inside 30th Street Station in Philthadelphia (sorry, I'm a long-time Pittsburgh fan from Lancaster, plus I just incurred a beating on Sunday night because I was wearing a Steelers hat, but I digress), which is a must-stop for anyone travelling via train in the area.
It came served in a Chimay goblet, with a thick, foamy white head that slowly subsided, leaving behind a wispy head in its wake. It had a very sweet nose. It was a clear, light amber liquid without a lot of carbonation in evidence. It had a medium mouthfeel with a very sweet finish. Had I had more time, I would certainly have ordered another.
01-26-2005 22:59:34 | More by woodychandler
1.65/5 rDev -55.3%
Bubbly copper with a rich white head. Looks nice in my Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.
Smells like spicy belgian yeast and leather. Slightly of the plastic that insulates wires. Reminds me of homebrew in a bad way.
Very sweet, with a hint of biscuit or shortbread. Warms my chest as it moves past my heart. Its almost under-attenuated kind of sweet, but a hop bitterness comes from nowhere to rescue it at the very last second. Not bad, but not good either.
Has a nice sharp triple mouthfeel. Everything you would expect from the style; Slightly full with lots of CO2. I think the CO2 is actually what, in conjuction with the hop bitterness, saves this beer from being cloying.
I really don't think I'd want to drink another.
I just cannot recommend this beer. It falls short in every important category. I have found it especially difficult to get past my nose.
EDIT: Now that some of the CO2 has faded, it IS cloying. This triple has moved from "not bad" to bad in a hurry. Looks like a dumper. If you are going to try this beer drink it quickly.
01-26-2005 02:52:40 | More by krberg
3.5/5 rDev -5.1%
Definately one of the more interesting looking brews I have seen before. It was a cloudy cream color with a white head. The beer was so cloudy, I couldn't see through it. The head was fluffy and white, lasted only a short a while. The taste was a little bit on the hoppy side, when compared to other Triples I've had. It was also a little too strong in the alcohol department. Overall an interesting brew. I'd like to see how this one would do after being set aside for a short while.
01-15-2005 05:32:45 | More by JISurfer
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
Dark orange with brilliant hues, topped with a pure white foamy head. Decent lace and retention.
Yeasty, some mustiness, and light phenols in the aroma. Very gentle.
Smooth mouthfeel, touch of bittiness, and creamy on the palate. Upfront light citric twang on the palate that's pronounced by a tight carbonation. Notes of herbal, alcohol heat and spice. All of this gets quelled by a big malty sweet profile. Loads of caramel throws down in an almost syrupy consistency. More alcohol burn and esters. Over-ripe banana. Toasty bread crusts. Faint vanilla. Lingering alcohol spice.
Not all that bad, but this Tripel seems to lack some balance, thus the alcohol is allowed to be the more dominant character. I would have preferred a bit more hop character and dryness, less sweetness, and a sneaking alcohol.
01-10-2005 17:14:55 | More by Todd
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
Poured a nice orange color with a fluffy white head that quickly fell and left some lacing. The smell was of belgian candi sugar, and some spices. The taste was of candy, oranges, spices, and a touch of alcoholic warming and hoppy bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel was full bodied and well carbonated. This was a pretty good beer. Lots of flavor and fairly complex, I would have no problem drinking more of this.
01-10-2005 16:35:45 | More by soulfly967
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured a dark orange color with a puffy, white head. Very striking color. The nose had a wonderful fruity character, full of juicy peach and orange peel citrus with a sweet syrupy undertone. The flavor was tart and flavorful with a nice yeasty baked note coupled with a warming alcohol distinction and a creamsicle finish. Nice zesty mouthfeel. Another big beer from Stoudt's that impressed me.
12-20-2004 23:36:59 | More by GreatPondBrewer
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Apperance: Creamy opaque orange-peach color. Tiny head from a light pour fades rahter quickly into patchy clumps of lace upon the surface. I chose to let an immense amount of yeast and sugar for conditioning remain in the bottom of the bottle.
Smell: The nose has a slightly phenolic twinge amidst a large dose of citric and sweet flavor.
Taste: This packs a large yeast flavor, with very complex flavors behind it. Perhaps understated, there is a multitude of banana, lemon, light clove and candied sugar that mixes with a light twinge of alcoholic and phenolic sharpness in the finish. The bready feel of the abundant yeast and the sweetness of the fruit in this reminds me of banana bread. Mmmmm. Be forewarned, this is very different from its Belgian brothers; almost like a triple with hefeweizen characteristics. I'm curious about the yeast that was employed here. As it warms, the clove comes on stronger, especially in the finish.
Mouthfeel: This has more body and feels more dense than other triples. Not immeadiately recognizeable as having high ABV, lacks the cloying and slickness. A bit heavy though, for the style.
Drinkability: I like this example, it seems to have an aire about it that makes it special, and perhaps even different than any other beer out there. It certainly doesn't compare to the Belgians, but it does offer up a nice spin on this classic style of beer. I'd be interested to see how these age, especially with the huge amount of sludge put in to conjure the bottle conditioning. Overall, a pretty nice beer. Very satisfying, as if made for a chill evening. One note: when I poured the 1/2" I let in the bottle down the sink, it oozed out and was the color of a cappucino. Quite the yeast-beast.
12-06-2004 19:39:33 | More by 99bottles
4/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a hazy orange color with a thin tan head. Leaves little lacing anywhere. On the nose it is initally malts, with fruit background. A tiny trace of hops come through. Quite a sniffer. Tastes fruity as can be, with a very tart, citrus appeal. A little too tart on the finish though, not as well rounded as the 750ml version. Feels too carbonated and light in the mouth. Just an average mouthfeel though, not too bad. Needs to be a bit chewier. When it's all said and done, this is a very solid Tripel. The 750ml version is a little better. As for most of Stoudt's beers, it's a consistent and very good beer. But, again as with all Stoudt's beers, it's nothing unique or spectacular. Try it anyways, you'll probably like it.
12-01-2004 05:14:58 | More by santoslhalper
4.22/5 rDev +14.4%
12 oz. bottle. poured out a nice cloudy orange color with a stiff white head. The smell was malty and sweet. The taste was good. Very bready with a banana like taste. Noticeable alcohol in the taste. Hops well balanced. The mouthfeel was rich but not thick and well carbonated. The drinkability was good.
11-29-2004 17:59:07 | More by heidelbeerg
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
Smelled of sweet malt and wheat. I would describe the color as a lighter shade of pumpkin which was topped off by a bright white head. Mouthfeel was full-bodied with tight, abrasive bubbles. Taste was complex and spicy with sugary notes of banana, as well as a surpising hop bitterness. Not a very unique interpretation of the style, but a solid representation.
11-24-2004 17:39:42 | More by tenant
Stoudt's Triple (Belgian Abbey-Style Ale) from Stoudts Brewing Co.
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